In the final days of our trip to France, we drove north to Chartres to see its cathedral and then on to Paris where we would return our rental car and eventually depart for home from Charles de Gaulle Airport.


The weather in central France has established a pattern. Showers in the morning with skies breaking by afternoon and temps warming into the 60s. It’s worked well for us to drive through the showers, then get out and explore on the ground.


After exploring the Brittany peninsula, we headed back into the interior of France to stay along the Loire Valley. The river that flows through the valley has historically marked the line between northern and southern France.


For our final full day in Brittany, we decided to head for the end of France at the Crozon Peninsula. As we drove northwest along the coast, the wind-swept terrain began to remind us more of Ireland. …


We continued to journey further along the peninsula of Brittany this week. The most Atlantic of France’s regions, Brittany is noted for its Celtic heritage, which sets it apart from the rest of France.


After a late night of streaming college football from the States, we had a later-than-normal start to our exploring today. We plotted several interesting sights to the northwest in our online maps app and fired up the Fiat.


Seafood in the Brittany port of Cancale and a pilgrimage to the top of the 10th-century abbey on Mont Saint-Michel. Even if we carried a baguette home from the boulangerie, I don’t think we could get more French than today.


We’re in the French region of Brittany exploring the old medieval towns of Dinan and Saint Malo. Brittany is the peninsula south of the English Channel that points out into the Atlantic and provides France its distinctive shape.


For our final day in Normandy, we drove to the tip of the Cotentin Peninsula along the northwest coast of France. Directly north of us across the Channel was England with the islands of Guernsey and Jersey to our west.


Today brought our first rain of the trip but we made the most of it, heading east along the Normandy coast from Bayeux to the old French port town of Honfleur (pronounced ON-fluh). What’s a port without a little water?

Jason R. Matheson

I prefer to travel slow. Enjoy history, design, architecture, sports digital. Auburn alum, Sooner born.

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